Applications for round 3 are now closed.

The Victorian Government has provided the Health Service Violence Prevention Fund as part of its commitment to address violence in healthcare settings and reduce violence against hospital staff.

The Health Service Violence Prevention Fund is being rolled out over four years - from 2015-16 to 2018-19 - and includes grants for hospitals and health services, mental health services and Ambulance Services.

Minor capital works funding will help health services respond to violence, security and safety risks. Funding could be used to provide personal security devices or to install security cameras, modify rooms or create separate families’ and children’s waiting rooms. 

In the first round 33 health services received $3 million to improve their facilities, making them safer for staff, patients and visitors. 

The second round provided more than $7 million in 2016-17 to 32 rural and metropolitan health services that included both acute hospitals and mental health facilities. Safety and security upgrades included CCTV personal duress devices and alarms, and new infrastructure such as security doors, windows and restricted access areas. In addition, Ambulance Victoria will trial body worn cameras on paramedic uniforms and evaluate their effectiveness in protecting paramedics and reducing violence.

Eligibility criteria

Eligibility is restricted to Victorian public healthcare services. This includes:

  • acute health services
  • sub-acute services auspiced by a health service
  • community health services auspiced by a health service
  • local health services including small rural health services
  • acute mental health facilities
  • Ambulance Victoria.